Breaking Point – Coming of Age
Coming of Age
Live for Today
Breaking Point were already local sensations
in Memphis, Tennessee when Wind-Up records came a callin’. Given its history
with Elvis, Memphis is an appropriate city to host a hot new rock band.
Musically, Breaking Point lands somewhere
in the domain dominated by Creed and Three Doors Down with a little bit
of the Cult thrown in for good measure. While they do have a similar sound
to their labelmates Creed, they distinguish themselves in their own
right by enveloping a diverse lists of musical influences ranging from
Alice in Chains, “Hollywood Vampires” era L.A. Guns and The Cult. Breaking
Point also holds a strong advantage over bands like Tantric, who attempt
to capture the attention of Creed’s millions of fans, because they excel
in the area where Tantric falters, song writing.
From start to finish, Breaking Point’s
debut album, “Coming of Age”, delivers exquisitely polished and well-crafted,
hard rocking songs. A few of the standout tracks include: “Coming of Age”,
“Falling Down”, “27”, “Live for Today” and “under”, each offering the listener
a glimpse at a different side of the band.
The title track opens the album with a
fast paced rhythm and big guitar sound. During the verses vocalist Brett
Erickson captures a Jon Crosby (Vast) quality with his melodic delivery
only to launch into an aggressive Scott Stapp’esq sound for the choruses.
The second track, “27”, is comparable to the heavier moments of 3 Doors
“Falling Down” is perhaps the strongest
track on the album, with an exceptional lead guitar track and vocals that
mix The Cult with an Alice in Chains vibe. “Phoenix” is a track that offers
a raw rocking punkish chorus reminiscent of L.A. Guns in their heyday.
“Live for Today” is the obligatory ballad
which goes far beyond the call of duty. It’s a moving song in the vain
of Buckcherry’s “At The Drive In” that features some of Brett Erickson’s
finest vocal moments on the album as well as compelling guitar work from
Unlike many bands on the scene today, Breaking
Point doesn’t focus all of their energy on one key “signature” sound. Each
songs paints a different picture of the band and the album must be taken
in the context of a cohesive whole instead of trying to define this band
by one or two tracks that only show a small part of their musical identity.
There is no doubt that vocalist Brett Erickson
and guitarist Justin Rimer make a powerful frontline for the band, they
are ably aided by powerhouse drummer Jody Abbott with bassist Greg Edmondson
furnishing the strong underpinning which holds the songs together while
keeping them moving forward. As the album progresses Erickson shows many
different facets of his vocal abilities that should silence those who attempt
to write him off as a copycat. Justin Rimer is not afraid to be a
true “lead guitarist” taking every opportunity to showcase his chops and
leads while at the same time keeping them in context with the songs.
It’s is Rimer’s guitar prowess coupled
with Brett Erickson’s strong vocals applied to well written songs that
will make Breaking Point one of the bands to contend with for the hearts
and ears of the record buying public in the months to come.
Brett Erickson - Vocals
Justin Rimer - Guitar
Greg Edmondson - Bass
Jody Abbott - Drums
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